Organ audition

These requirements are for students auditioning to start their studies at the Academy in September 2018. Until specified otherwise, these requirements also apply for auditions in future years. Some audition requirements may change: please check back here regularly. You are welcome to contact the Registry or the department administrator if you have any queries. Please see www.ram.ac.uk/apply for application details.

In most cases organ auditions will last for 30 minutes (undergraduate) or 45 minutes (postgraduate). As time is limited for some auditions, you may be interrupted before you have performed a complete piece.

UCAS Conservatoires course codes:

Principal Study: Organ
Undergraduate Organ Foundation 101F
Undergraduate Gap Year 102F
Undergraduate BMus 302F

Principal Studies: Organ, Organ & Church Music
Postgraduate Master of Arts 1 year 700F / 2 year 702F
Postgraduate Master of Music 1 year 807F / 2 year 805F
Postgraduate Professional Diploma 903F
Postgraduate Continuing Professional Development Diploma 908F
Postgraduate Advanced Diploma (Performance) W301


Audition requirements

All candidates

The organ auditions will take place in St Marylebone Parish Church on the Reiger organ. The organ specification (Acrobat PDF file) is available here. You will be allocated two memory channels (= 16 generals) and you will have an allocated rehearsal time (45 minutes undergraduate, 60 minutes postgraduate), that is usually in the morning with the audition taking place in the afternoon. You may be asked to play scales, arpeggios, etc to ABRSM Grade 8 standard. You may also be given sight reading or quick study tests.

Organ Foundation

  • Three contrasting pieces of your own choice (not exceeding 15 minutes).
  • Sight-reading / quick study test.
  • You may be asked to take some aural skills tests and you will be required to take a 50-minute written paper - see the details in the Undergraduates section below.

Organ: Undergraduates (BMus, Gap Year)

  •  JS Bach: Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, BWV 678
  •  Plus free-choice item(s) not exceeding 10 minutes
  • You may be asked to take some aural skills tests consisting of a sight-singing test and some of the following:
    - singing the middle notes in a chord
    - identification of intervals
    - sight reading of rhythms
    - sight reading of two simultaneous different rhythms, to be sung and clapped
  • You will be required to take a 50-minute written paper including harmonisation of a melody and a short essay question of a general musical nature. You will be permitted to use a printed dictionary. Sorry, we cannot issue specimen papers.

Organ, Organ & Church Music: Postgraduates

  •  JS Bach: Either Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 541 or Prelude & Fugue in G, BWV 550
  •  Plus free-choice item(s) not exceeding 15 minutes
  • There are specific requirements for written work to support your application (except MA).